America is grieving right now for the 59 Americans killed, and more than 500 people hospitalized, after a gunman opened fire in Las Vegas on Sunday night.
To even do such a thing is barbaric and disgusting. We are still waiting for answers on why he committed the deadliest shooting in modern history.
Of course we won’t ever be able to ask him what his motives were, because he cowardly killed himself before police could take him in, but there are still clues and new information surfacing daily.
On Tuesday, Sheriff Joseph Lombardo confirmed that the 64-year-old gunman, Stephen Paddock, had set up cameras in the hallways in order to watch for police, when they came to get him.
Lombardo said, “There were cameras. There were cameras located outside the room and inside the room, along with the firearms.”
Although Lombardo did not have an answer as to exactly how many cameras the gunman had set up, he does have a good idea as to why they were set up in the hall. He said, “I anticipate he was looking for anybody coming to take him into custody.”
So were they simply surveillance cameras or was he recording? If he was recording, do police officers have video footage of what happened??
The reporter then asked if the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department had videos of the attack being carried out, via the recovered cameras, and Lombardo said the cameras are with the FBI being “evaluated.”
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Lombardo indicated that at least one of the cameras in the hallway was set up on a “food service cart.”
He also stressed his belief that police “saved hundreds of lives” by going right at the gunman. Lombardo said, “We learned from Columbine, PULSE, other mass shootings to focus on taking suspect down instead of focusing on perimeter.”
He was likely trying to do as much damage as possible before police figured out where he was. Considering he killed himself, he probably waited until he saw the police right outside his room on the cameras, before killing himself.